Health Matters

I am determined to do what I can to ensure that the NHS works for one and all and that we properly integrate health and social care. This page aims to keep you up-to-date on my work on health and health in the news. 

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News

NHS Long Term Plan will help bring health services closer to home

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the publication of the NHS Long-Term Plan, saying that he supports and has argued for many of the plan’s goals.

NHS England bosses say the 10-year plan, published on Monday, could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention.

Speeding up diagnosis for AS arthritis sufferers

As chair of a new group aiming to help those suffering from a painful form of inflammatory arthritis, West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas is pressing for an end to the long wait patients currently have for a correct diagnosis.

Extra £7.5 million will help Cornwall's social care system

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the allocation of an extra £7.5 million of funding for social care in Cornwall.

The money comes from a £650 million boost announced in the autumn budget for local authorities to help deliver services for elderly and vulnerable people.

Funding boost for brain tumour research

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Brain Tumours, has welcomed the Government decision to double its investment in brain cancer research to £40m a year in honour of former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell.